88-year-old top Democrat representative is hospitalized after suffering a concussion

Manuela Cardiga
Mar 14, 2018
03:23 P.M.

United States Congresswoman Louise Slaughter hospitalized after serious fall in her Washington home.


United States representative for New York's 25th congressional district Louise Slaughter has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion as the consequence of a fall in her Washington residence, reported FaithFamilyAmerica.com on the 14th of March 2018.

The Congresswoman's office announced that the 88-year-old representative is being treated at the George Washington University Hospital. According to official medical reports, the representative didn't suffer from any bone fractures and her condition is steadily improving.

Despite her age, Slaughter is reacting well and is expected to make a full recovery.


“She did not suffer any fractures or broken bones and is receiving excellent care from the world-class medical staff at GW hospital. The congresswoman is tough as nails and she will bring that same spirit to this recovery.”

Chief of Staff Fitzsimmons, FaithFamilyAmerica.com, 14th of March 2018.

This is the second time that Slaughter has fallen and suffered injuries In 2012 Slaughter was hospitalized for a month after tripping on a pavement in New York and breaking her femur.

Slaughter, a career politician and one of the most highly respected Democrats, is her 16th term of office and launched her campaign for re-election last month.

She is currently the oldest serving member of Congress. Slaughter was first elected to the House of Representatives for the 25th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Monroe County in 1986. As her opposition for the seat she has held for so long, she will face Dr. James Maxwell, a neurosurgeon at St. Mary's and Rochester General Hospitals, in the November election.


Slaughter holds a degree in microbiology and a master's in public health. She first entered politics in the early 1970s after she and her late husband, Bob Slaughter, launched an unsuccessful effort to keep bulldozers out of the beach and maple forest of Hart's Woods in Perinton.

Slaughter ran for the Monroe County Legislature three times before being finally elected in 1976. The hard-nosed and combative Slaughter is in a stable condition and appears to be on the path to full recovery, and will soon be back in her offices in Congress.

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